China to build replica of Mars for tourists and astronauts

China to build replica of Mars for tourists and astronauts

742
Ukrinform
China has unveiled plans to build a replica of Mars on a spectacular corner of the Tibetan plateau. The ambitious project will cost the country over $60 million, the Guardian reports.

According to the report, the "simulated Mars station" – a 95,000 square-kilometer tribute to the solar system's second-smallest planet – will be built in Qinghai province's Haixi Mongolian and Tibetan autonomous prefecture, not far from the westernmost tip of the Great Wall.

The 55m-kilometer jaunt from planet Earth to the red planet takes up to a year. From Beijing's international airport you'll soon be able to fly there in just over seven hours.

One section of the "hyper-arid" high-altitude camp will be used to train Chinese astronauts. Another part will receive tourists hungering for a taste of life on Mars. Visitors would be housed on a "Mars campside" featuring "module-like accommodations" designed to simulate extraterrestrial living.

In addition, a Mars-themed amusement park will also be created.

op

While citing and using any materials on the internet that are open to search systems, hyperlinks to ukrinform.ua not lower than the first paragraph are mandatory. Citing and using materials in ofline-media, mobile apps, SmartTV are allowed only with receipt of a written permission from "ukrinform.ua". Materials marked Advertising are published based on the advertising rights.

© 2015-2017 Ukrinform. All rights reserved.

Website design Studio Laconica
Extended searchHide extended search
By period:
-